Box office: Branagh vs Branagh with Belfast and Death on the Nile

Cinemas pitch tentpole Branagh against a far more tender and personal offering by the director.
Mother afraid in window

Kenneth Branagh is behind not one but two films feeding our emaciated exhibition sector. Death on the Nile is a shoot-by-numbers marketing exercise pumped out to give the stars a good time as agents grinned and crew revisited old tricks. 

After its second weekend Death on the Nile has made $3.6m from 373 screens in Australia. It was dumped from top slot by Uncharted, a simple lost treasure film to bring out the inner child. Launched on 546 screens in 301 cinemas – a sure sign of its multiplex intentions – Uncharted made $5.63m over the weekend. The last time a film did better in its first weekend here was around December 16 2021, when Spider-Man: No Way Home exploded with $26.1m in a single weekend. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.